Monday, September 19, 2011

Christian Discrimination and Property Rights Attack - #3257 - California Fines Couple for Holding Bible Study in Their Home - The Blaze (2) Have Alinsky Political Operatives Infiltrated Cleveland's Christian, Jewish and Muslim Faith Communities - The Blaze












A southern California couple has been fined $300 dollars for holding Christian Bible study sessions in their home, and could face another $500 for each additional gathering.  City officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. say Chuck and Stephanie Fromm are in violation of municipal code 9-3.301, which prohibits “religious, fraternal or non-profit” organizations in residential neighborhoods without a permit. Stephanie hosts a Wednesday Bible study that draws about 20 attendees, and Chuck holds a Sunday service that gets about 50.  The Fromms appealed their citations but were denied and warned future sessions would carry heftier penalties. A statement from the Pacific Justice Institute, which is defending the couple in a lawsuit against the city, said Chuck Fromm was also told regular gatherings of three or more people require a conditional use permit, which can be costly and difficult to obtain.  “How dare they tell us we can’t have whatever we want in our home,” Stephanie Fromm told the Capistrano Dispatch. “We want to be able to use our home. We’ve paid a lot and invested a lot in our home and backyard … I should be able to be hospitable in my home.”  According to the Dispatch, the Fromms live in a neighborhood with large homes and have a corral, barn, pool and huge back lawn on their property, so parking and noise aren’t a problem.  “There’s no singing or music,” Stephanie said. “It’s meditative.”  Read more.......

Have Alinsky Political Operatives Infiltrated Cleveland's Christian, Jewish and Muslim Faith Communities - The Blaze - A new faith coalition out in Cleveland, Ohio, raises some interesting questions about the intermingling of organized religion and leftist politics.  The founding of the Greater Cleveland Congregations (GCC), a group that describes itself as “a non-partisan coalition of faith communities and partner organizations in Cuyahoga County working together to build power for social justice,” claims that its focus is uniting the masses to improve local neighborhoods.  While many would see this as a worthy endeavor, others — mainly those with fears about the use of faith to progress the liberal agenda — are questioning the GCC’s motivations.  The central underpinning of the group’s organizational structure is that it brings together religious leaders from multiple faiths. In encouraging these influential individuals to come on board with the GCC’s mission, thousands of individuals within their congregations have now joined in to answer the group’s call to arms. The issues that the organization has decided to tackle are not all that surprising — education, jobs, health care, criminal justice and sustainable food.  Read more.......

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